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As you may or may not know, I went back to school on Monday. I have started my journey to becoming a 500-hour certified yoga teacher.

This is my next step to continue growing as a yoga teacher. I honestly believe that anything you want to become successful at, you must continue to learn. Even though I teach other people yoga I continue to learn and grow within my own practice and how I teach.

Today I am sharing with you the 5 ways that I grow as a yoga teacher.


Just like everything else, as the industry of yoga continues to expand, change, and grow, so do I. I can’t be stuck to one way of teaching. Not that we are ever WRONG in how we teach or RIGHT in teaching, it’s where we come from as teachers. The reason why we take a pose and the reason why we got there the way we did.


I got to a point where I was teaching so much along with working a full-time corporate job that I forgot about my own practice. I knew that it was important for me to have my own active yoga practice, but I just didn’t make it a priority. Oops. But over the past few months (since I quit my corporate job) my practice has become much more important. Have my own solid practice has been beneficial to myself and to my teaching.


I have made it a priority to learn more; of course I am doing my 500-hour right now, but I am also looking forward to taking a yoga therapy course next year.

The more I learn, the more I grow as a teacher, and the more I can give back to my students!


Of course teaching is important to keep teaching. I love teaching and I would do it all day if I could. I love hearing from students, what they like, what they need, what they are working thought and this changes how I lead a class.

But, of course like everything else, there needs to be balance. If I taught all day, I would have not time to work on my own practice or learn about the changes in the industry. I wouldn’t have time to experience the world around me and delve into that within my teaching and my own practice.


I tell my students to listen to their bodies, to rest when they need, and they love me for that. Now, I have to listen and act on that same advice! It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the busyness of life that I need to remember to slow down, rest, and take care of my body, mind, and spirit.


Teaching yoga is so much more than taking space in a room and leading students through a practice. Of course it is that. But, it is also about learning, exploring, and growing.


How do you grow within your industry? Please share in the comments!




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Ashley Talbott